Beginnings of civilization: Peopling of the world; Early River Valley civilizations; People and ideas on the move; First age of empires -- New directions in government and society: Classical Greece; Ancient Rome and early Christianity; India and China establish empires; African civilizations; Americas, a separate world -- An age of exchange and encounter: Muslim world; Byzantines, Russians, and Turks interact; Empires in East Asia; European Middle Ages; Formation of Western Europe; Societies and empires of Africa -- Connecting hemispheres: People and empires in the Americas; European Renaissance and Reformation; Muslim world expands; Age of exploration and isolation; Atlantic world -- Absolutism to revolution: Absolute monarchs in Europe; Enlightenment and revolution; French Revolution and Napoleon; Nationalist revolutions sweep the West -- Industrialism and the race for empire: Industrial Revolution; An age of democracy and progress; Age of imperialism; Transformations around the globe -- World at war: Great war; Revolution and nationalism; Years of crisis; World War II [Cont. in Annot.]
[TofC cont.] Perspectives on the present: Restructuring the postwar world; Colonies become new nations; Struggles for democracy; Global interdependence -- Glossary
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